Apex Legends is similar to other battle royale games, but it where it differs is its emphasis on teamwork. The game has eight different character to choose from, each with their own unique abilities. Deciding which character to play as and knowing how their abilities can best contribute to your team’s survival is essential.
For a character like Caustic, defensive tactics is the name of the game. His deadly gas traps can easily overwhelm and hinder mobility of enemy squads, offering your fellow teammates fertile opportunity for an easy ambush. At a glance, Caustic’s abilities often seem more contextual than universally functional, but with a little practice, you can use that to your advantage.
Keep reading for all the information you need on Caustic’s abilities, including his strengths and weaknesses, as well as tips on how to use him effectively and help your team to victory. We’ve also got plenty more guides, including things that Apex Legends doesn’t tell you, a list of myths we’ve tested about how the game works, and a full rundown of the game’s best guns. You might also want to check out our Apex Legends review.
As stated above, Caustic’s strategies are a bit contextual. His Gas Traps are lethal, but it takes a firm understanding of their capabilities to use them effectively. And with such a large map where numerous battle scenarios are possible, finding the right time to leverage Caustic’s strengths proves more difficult than you’d expect. That said, getting a feel for that takes time, so remain patient and don’t hesitate to adjust his abilities to the needs of your team.
In battle, Caustic is best in close quarters situations. His gas abilities let you control a fight by blanketing areas to force enemies out of or away from them, and can give your team a serious advantage as your opponents are damaged, slowed, and blinded. He’s also good for countering tracker or scout characters such as Bloodhound or Wraith–gas traps placed carefully can slow people following you, block pathways, and force players to move through pathways that help your teammates.
Use Caustic to try to control the battlefield and give your team strategic advantages, and sew chaos among enemy teams whenever possible by gassing them out. Just be aware that your gas can negatively affect your teammates. It won’t kill them, but it can blind and slow them.
Tactical: Nox Gas Trap
Caustic can drop Nox Gas Trap canisters that release deadly gas when shot or triggered by enemies. Gas effectively blinds enemies, while damaging them over time, making it great for close-range encounters.
Passive: Nox Vision
Nox Vision allows you to see enemies through Gas. It’s pretty convenient, as enemies afflicted by your toxic gas are highlighted in green for both you and your squadmates.
Ultimate: Nox Gas Grenade
Caustic’s Ultimate Ability Nox Gas Grenade blankets a large area in Nox Gas. This ability can be used defensively or offensively, putting enemy squads into a state of panic in confined space or sending them running in the other direction.
Tips To Play
While you’re likely to be inclined to surprise enemies with Caustic’s traps, it’s a great idea to set some down as you’re fighting to tip the balance in your favor. It’s also possible to block doors and hallways with your traps, which can physically impede people from getting past them. You can throw up to six Nox Gas Traps at a time. You have three on cooldown, but once that ends, you can drop three more, or drop one as you get them back off a cooldown. Another great way to use the Nox Gas Traps is laying them down behind your team as you move up. This will alert you if anyone’s triggered them or are trying to sneak up on you. In addition, you can drop traps near downed enemies in hopes of luring their teammates near them. Any traps you don’t use, you can also pick back up, so keep that in mind.
The enemy outlining provided by Caustic’s Nox Vision is a nice perk that should encourage you to use your traps more liberally. The gas won’t hurt your teammates but be aware that their visibility in gas is still similar to smoke grenades, so try not to go overboard–lest you want to frustrate your squad.
Caustic’s Nox Gas Grenades are useful in leading enemies into an ambush. It’s also particularly useful in pushing enemies away, so you can give your squad time to revive downed teammates. You can even throw them in the opposite scenario, preventing enemy squads from bringing back their friends.
Another handy strategy is comboing Caustic’s gas trap and gas grenade in a confined space. If you’re able to block an enemy into a room with a trap, throw a grenade inside. Assuming they aren’t smart enough to grenade the door, this deadly combination should make for a guaranteed kill.
All this talk about deadly gas is great, but don’t think the enemy is completely powerless. Beware of incoming Grenades or Arc Stars while your gas is active on the field.
Apex Legends is a battle royale game centered around the concept of surviving as a team. You can wordlessly ask for weapons and equipment or point out enemy locations with the game’s ping system. Downed teammates can be revived, and you can respawn dead allies if you grab their banner in time. Everything in the game revolves around your squad working together, and that starts with knowing how to use your chosen Legend’s unique abilities to benefit the team.
Wraith is one of the six Legends unlocked in Apex from the start (with two more you can earn or purchase), and this interdimensional skirmisher is one of the most versatile characters in the game. Although she’s designed to excel as a hit-and-run tactician, Wraith can fit into Mirage’s role as a trickster or handle Bloodhound’s recon duties in a pinch. In this short guide, we’re going to take a look at Wraith, and explain how this Legend can open up new avenues towards victory for you and your squad.
If you’re still on the fence about picking up Apex Legends, check out our review. If you’re already playing Respawn’s battle royale game and you’re looking for a few extra tips, we have a guide on becoming a champion, as well as a gallery of the best weapons in the game.
Other Character Guides
- Lifeline Guide: Tips On How To Be The Best Combat Medic
- Mirage Guide: Tips On How To Be The Best Holographic Trickster
Wraith’s General Overview
Wraith is one of the three offense-focused fighters in Apex Legends, so she’s specifically designed to be one of her team’s major damage dealers. Her abilities make her an ideal candidate for your squad’s point person, so don’t expect to hang back when it’s time to move out. That doesn’t mean you should go off on your own though. Wraith may be able to take care of herself, but she’s a force to be reckoned with when she’s using her portals to help her entire team get the drop on an enemy.
Confusing the enemy should be your main concern as Wraith, but if need be you can use her skills to aid downed allies, scout ahead, get your team out of a losing firefight, set ambushes, or trick an enemy into killing themselves. Regardless of how you use Wraith, it’s important to keep moving during a fight. Wraith is most useless when she’s standing still and trying to snipe an enemy from afar, where her abilities can really only be used defensively. Because you’ll usually be in the thick of things as Wraith, you’ll want to nab at least one weapon with a decent fire rate that packs a punch at close range. The EVA-8 and Mastiff shotguns are your best bets, but the Peacekeeper, Wingman, and Flatline are all excellent choices as well. Also, try to avoid executing enemies. Wraith has some really cool execution animations, but you want to keep moving to kill the enemy team as quickly as possible.
Passive Skill: Voices From The Void – A voice warns you when danger approaches. As far as you can tell, it’s on your side.
With this passive, voices warn of any incoming threat that might harm Wraith, so stick close to your teammates to defend them as well. The voices are whispered, so for the best results, play Apex Legends with headphones, subtitles on, or both. On very rare occasions, this passive makes enemy footsteps louder as well, so headphones might be the way to go, since you don’t get an audible warning for those. Don’t forget to hit the button prompt when the voices speak up, so you can alert your teammates as well. Knowing an enemy has spotted you, that a grenade is fast approaching, or that one of Caustic’s Nox Gas Traps is waiting for you around the corner or behind a closed door can make a difference between victory and defeat
Tactical Skill: Into The Void – Reposition quickly through the safety of void space, avoiding all damage.
When Wraith journeys into the void, she becomes untouchable and nearly invisible. She also moves a lot faster too, so you can use this skill to escape an approaching ring wall. Wraith can’t interact with anything while in the void, though, meaning she can’t pick up weapons or items, see enemies or allies, attack, or open or close doors.
Ultimate Skill: Dimensional Rift – Link two locations with portals for 60 seconds, allowing your entire team to use them.
Wraith has one of the most useful Ultimate skills in Apex Legends. She can drop portals next to downed allies so they can crawl through and teleport to safety, or use the massive speed boost she gets from placing her first portal to escape an approaching zone wall. If you don’t have a Bloodhound on-hand, you can use Wraith to drop one portal, run ahead to scout some buildings, and escape through a quickly placed second portal if any enemies are hiding inside.
Tips To Play As Wraith
Once you’ve gotten a knack for Voices From The Void, Wraith can become nearly untouchable at long range. Not only are you warned when someone tags you, the voices speak up when you’re in a sniper’s scope. The second you hear that you’ve got a sniper on you, warn your teammates and use your tactical skill, Into The Void. You’ll disappear and become untouchable, much to your enemy’s chagrin.
Speaking of Into The Void, because of its drawbacks, it’s best used defensively to escape a firefight or ambush. However, you can also use the ability to reach downed allies or safely flank an enemy’s position. If your team has another pinned down, you can use Into The Void to get the drop on someone, but that’s much easier to do if you’re chatting with friends and they guide you to where an opponent is hiding. To truly master Into The Void, learn all the tiny details of Apex Legends’ map, so you know what you’re doing and where you’re going when you blink out of existence.
As a final note, pay close attention to the shadows that populate the void. They aren’t enemies or allies. They’re actually Wraith. Because she’s caught between dimensions, Wraith can see every outcome she’s ever made, making, or will make, in both this universe and others. Those shadows mark where she’ll come out of the void if she heads in that direction, so they’re basically marking her possible futures.
Above, we listed how Wraith can support her team with Dimensional Rift, but as an offense-focused character, this skill is best used for killing enemies. If Wraith uses Dimensional Rift, she can follow up with Into the Void to speed across the battlefield unscathed before placing her second portal. With this strategy, you can teleport your entire team into a flanking position behind another squad. To safeguard your first portal, you can have Gibraltar throw his Dome Of Protection over it, or have Bangalore’s Smoke Launcher hide its location.
If you really want to mess with an enemy, have your squad wait behind cover with grenades, before rushing forward and placing a portal next to an another team. The second it’s set, teleport back to safety while your allies step through to the enemy squad, drop their grenades at their feet, and then transport back. If you have a Caustic on your squad, his Ultimate can do insane damage with this technique, especially within enclosed spaces. If you’re in the midst of a firefight, drop one portal and run to the nearest map edge to drop your second. With any luck, in the confusion of battle, your enemies will think you escaped through the portal and “follow you” through it to kill you, only to appear in open air and fall to their deaths instead. You can trick people into teleporting outside the ring wall too. If the edge of the map and ring are far away, having a waiting Caustic Nox Gas Trap or a Gibraltar with a Spitfire or Devotion and his Gun Shield up can work too. We’ve done a lot experiments with what Wraith’s portals can and can’t do if you need any more combat strategies.
How To Counter Wraith’s Weaknesses
Despite the wide range of attacks Wraith can pull off with her skills, she can be easily countered by a Bloodhound. The technological tracker can tell where Wraith has gone, and see her through walls. If you’re playing Wraith and see a Bloodhound, taking them out should be your first priority.
Wraith is also at her best when she is the one causing the confusion, not the other way around. Disorienting Wraith with Bangalore’s Smoke Launcher, Caustic’s Nox Gas Grenade, or Mirage’s Psyche Out or Vanishing Act are the best ways of knocking her off her game once she’s within killing range. If you’re playing Wraith and your enemy responds with any of these attacks, don’t panic. Use Into The Void and get out. Remember, your abilities are best used to surprise the enemy. If you’re the one being surprised, you need to retreat and try again.
Apex Legends features a varied cast of characters that bring their own special set of skills to the intense battle royale. Though many of these heroes fall into the same archetypes you would expect from familiar online shooters, each character’s abilities have a special twist to them that can open up some interesting strategies and dynamics within the squad. With every match yielding their own situational encounters and tense gunfights, you’ll need to know the ins and out of your character to survive, while also knowing what to do should you cross paths with them on the field.
In this quick guide, we’re taking a look at the cunning, but somewhat insecure Mirage. His peculiar skill-set can create some bizarre encounters where you’ll see double, allowing him and his squad the chance to get the upper hand. Though these skills seem basic at first glance, they can create some interesting opportunities for you and your squad, which can open the pathway to becoming a champion.
For more breakdowns of different characters, and along with our full review and other guides focusing on some of the best weapons in the game, check out our further Apex Legends coverage on GameSpot.
Known as the Holographic Trickster, Mirage is one of the two unlockable characters in Apex Legends, the other being Caustic. He brings with him advanced holographic technology that can create false-duplicates for tactical purposes. On the surface, many of his skills appear a bit too situational and unorthodox, however, in keeping with the gameplay loop of a battle royale game, Mirage is the type of character that knows how to mess with his enemy’s focus–which can mean all the difference in an intense fight.
With his slate of holographic skills, Mirage can disorient enemies and create additional pressure during fights. His primary tactical skill, known as Psyche Out, allows Mirage to create a holographic clone that runs ahead of him. At first glance, this double is indistinguishable from the real thing, which can cause other players to open fire. Mirage’s decoy also display intelligence as well, and they act different depending on where they’re deployed to. For instance, using one near a supply box will have the decoy perform an animation where they try to open it. Though many of these skills require certain circumstances to truly be effective, they are at their best when used in situations where you’re uncertain of what lies ahead, or when you need to help your squad out by drawing fire away from enemies. However, it may take some time getting used to his abilities. With this in mind, here’s a quick breakdown on how to his skills effectively.
Passive Skill: Encore – Automatically drop a decoy and cloak for 5 seconds when knocked down.
If all else fails and you get got, Mirage’s passive skill Encore will kick in. Once you get knocked down, you’ll instantly turn invisible and a decoy will drop in your place, who performs an overly dramatic death animation. This will buy you some time to crawl away to safety. However, the skill won’t last long. If you’re still out in the open and an enemy is nearby, then you’re a prime target to get gunned down.
Tactical Skill: Psyche Out – Send out a holographic decoy to confuse the enemy.
Mirage’s tactical ability Psyche Out is a skill that has a surprising number of uses. In addition to drawing enemy fire in certain hot spots, allowing you to flank or get a bead on where a foe is hiding out, it’s also a great skill to use for playing mind games. For instance, during the initial jump, you can send out decoys to landing spots, confusing enemy players into the thinking they’re more active than they actually are.
Ultimate Skill: Vanishing Act – Mirage deploys a team of decoys to distract enemies, while he cloaks.
The Ultimate ability Vanishing Act is essentially a combination of Mirage’s Passive and Tactical skills. When activated, Mirage will turn invisible and let a team of holograms distract the enemy for him. The skill is a great way to confuse enemies, who will likely lose track of which Mirage is the real one. This can be especially handy during tough fights in crowded spaces. Some of the best uses of Vanishing Act come when used to bail on fights that your squad is outmatched for or when you need to get the jump on enemies during a fight. However, there is a certain clue that can help enemy players keep track of the real Mirage. When you turn invisible, you’ll leave a silhouette and can take damage. If the enemy can stay focused on any sudden movement, then they can still hit you with their shots.
Tips To Play
Mirage’s greatest strength in battle is his ability to disorient enemies and shake up a fight. With his holographic skills, he can easily disrupt a fight by using his holograms, which also gives him and his squad some time to breathe. Right at the beginning of the match, once you and your squad make the jump, he can pull off some interesting tricks on other teams. While dropping from the ship, Mirage can send out up to two different holograms on the field. This can cause other teams to panic while in mid-flight, changing their course in order to avoid any possible fights when they’re on the ground.
Once you make it to the ground, Mirage is best used when keeping his skills close to the vest. Unlike other support characters, his abilities aren’t handy with only his squad around. However, once things start to go down, when you inevitably cross paths with an enemy team, this is where Mirage can shine. If you get the sense that an enemy team is nearby, you can send out hologram to act as a probe, provoking any gunfire from enemies. While in the moment, it’s difficult to tell what’s the real Mirage or a hologram, and they’ll likely open fire on-sight.
Just like every other character, Mirage can carry his weight in a fight with any weapon he can get his hands on. However, given his trickster oriented skill-set, you may be better off using weapons that focus on long-range, such as the Longbow or Triple Take sniper-rifles. Once you toss out a decoy, you’ll likely see enemies fire at the hologram, which will either give you a clue as to where they are–or if you’re lucky–an opening if they decide to come run out to investigate.
Mirage has a pretty peculiar skill-set, but in the hands of a patient, and decisive player, he can be an effective squadmate to have. Even before touching the battlefield, he can cause panic amongst the enemy teams, which can make for an impressive start for matches.
The cast for the upcoming Dune reboot just keeps getting better and better. Variety reports today that Game of Thrones and Aquaman star Jason Momoa is in negotiations to play a role in the movie, which already includes some huge names from Hollywood.
The movie’s cast already includes all of these big names, including those said to be in talks:
- Timothee Chalamet
- Javier Bardem
- Rebecca Ferguson
- Stellan Skarsgard
- Josh Brolin
- Oscar Isaac
- Dave Bautista
According to Variety, Momoa, should he officially sign on to the Dune reboot, will play the character Duncan Idaho. He’s the second-in-command to the character played by Isaac, who is portraying Chalamet’s father.
The movie is based on the Frank Herbert 1965 novel. David Lynch directed the first Dune movie in 1984; it was not a commercial success but it gained a cult reputation. A mini-series for TV was produced in the early 2000s on the Syfy channel.
Director Denis Villeneuve, who directed Blade Runner 2014, Sicario, and Arrival, co-wrote the script for the new Dune with Eric Roth (A Star Is Born, Forrest Gump) and Jon Spaihts (Prometheus).
No release date has been announced as of yet for the new Dune. Given its cast, director, and writing team, we’re very excited to see how the new Dune reboot comes together. Keep checking back with GameSpot for the latest.
Unsurprisingly, the first trailer for Disney’s much-anticipated Frozen 2 was a huge hit. The trailer picked up 116.4 million viewers over its first day, which set a new 24-hour record for an animated movie.
The previous record-holder was The Incredibles 2, also from Disney, which tallied 113.6 million views. All of the numbers come from The Hollywood Reporter.
Frozen 2 has big shoes to fill. The 2013 film made more than $1 billion worldwide and it launched a new merchandising tentpole for Disney. The movie was also a critical darling, winning Oscars for best animated movie and best original song for the inescapable “Let It Go.”
The sequel arrives this November, and it brings back the main cast including Idina Menzel as Elsa and Kristen Bell as Anna. Jonathan Groff returns as Kristoff and Josh Gad comes back again to play the snowman Olaf. Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood and Black Panther’s Sterling K. Brown are among the newcomers for the sequel.
The plot for Frozen 2 is under wraps for now, but there might be some clues in the first trailer, which you can re-watch in the embed above. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, who directed the first Frozen, are coming back to direct the sequel.